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Abstracts due 5 February

Call for Papers: Artificial Creativity

Transformations: Journal of Media, Culture and Technology

New journal article | Erin Cory

Street Solidarity: A Report on Lebanon’s ‘October Revolution’

Field – A journal of socially-engaged art criticism

Virtual Conference | 19–20 November 2020

Artificial Creativity

The Artificial Creativity conference aims to stir a discussion about the cultural, societal and ethical aspects of artworks featuring A.I. or robots engaged in creative production.

Podcast | On Sex, Intimacy and Robots

In this episode, we talk about sex, intimacy and robots. The basis of the discussion are so-called Real Dolls, which are hyper-realistic sex dolls. Professor Jeffrey Bardzell has studied how people describe their interactions with these dolls and their motivations for using them. This research can help us understand how to design for intimacy, sexuality and self-care. With scholars Bojana Romic and Jeffrey Bardzell.

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Vinyl release party and photo exhibition | 6 March

Too Cute to Puke

Come join us to celebrate the history and future of the strictly female-fronted music/dance club Too Cute to Puke!

Medea Talks | Video

Screening the Nordic City: The Politics of Place and Space in Contemporary Crime Series

With Robert A. Saunders, professor at State University of New York.

Medea Talks | Video

Twenty Years Of Radical Open Access – What’s Next?

With Gary Hall, Professor of Media in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Coventry University, UK.

Medea Talks | Video

Respecognize: Negotiating Ethnic Notions, Cultural Identity, and Unconscious Bias

With Moncell Durden, dance educator, choreographer, ethnographer, and Assistant Professor of Practice at USC’s Glorya Kaufman International School of Dance.

Medea Talks | Amanda Lagerkvist | Video

Existential media studies: Towards ‘co-existers’ in shared terrains of digital-human vulnerability and automation

With Amanda Lagerkvist, researcher in existential media studies and associate professor at Uppsala University.

Medea Talks | Nathan Larson | Video

Music and Sound Art: Problematic Distinctions + New Approaches

With musician, film score composer and author Nathan Larson. In this talk, Nathan Larson will propose a new approach to making use of sound/music as a therapeutic tool for personal and communal growth.

Medea Talks | Kate Wright | Video

Who’s Reporting Africa Now?

Which stories are told about Africa, and by whom? Welcome to a Medea Talks lecture with Kate Wright who will talk about the relationship between NGOs and traditional news media.

Medea Talks | Silvana Bahia | Video

Communication, Narratives and Inventiveness by Afro-Brazilian women in Brazil

With Silvana Bahia, coordinator of PretaLab – a collective initiative that mobilizes Afro-Brazilian and Native-Brazilian women to engage with and develop technology against social inequalities and racism.

Film screening | September 23

Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition

A new documentary about vinyl lovers, by Danielle Beverly. Sign up now!


Artificial Intelligence — An Oxymoron?

There’s an uncritical belief in what algorithms are capable of. We need to critically study the algorithmically processed data streams that make up the foundation of AI.

Medea Talks | Video is to be published

Remaking the Heavens and the Earth: Narratives Justifying Scientific Interventions

With David Nye, author of The Environmental Humanities and professor emeritus at the University of Southern Denmark.

Lecture | Pelle Ehn

Design, Democracy and Participation: Exploring the Scandinavian Participatory Design Tradition

What has it meant to be a collective designer during the last 100 years?

New Article | Infrastructuring Urban Commons Over Time

The participatory design/co-design community has increasingly been interested in notions of commons and commoning. This article by Anna Seravalli explores “urban commoning” based on two cases: a makerspace and a waste-handling service in Malmö, Sweden. How do you create urban commons that are sustainable in the long run?

Medea Talks | Daniela Rosner

Critical Fabulations: Reworking the Methods and Margins of Design

With Daniela Rosner, author of Critical Fabulations and assistant professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington

Medea Talks | Video now online!

Perspectives and Collective Future-Making

With Nick Montfort, poet and professor of digital media at MIT

Medea Talks | Video available on request

Art, media, and urban dynamics in revolutionary cities. The case of Tahrir square, Cairo

With Marwa Dabaieh, architect and researcher at the department of Urban Studies, Malmö University.

Medea Talks | Video

The End of Man: Species Vulnerability in the Anthropocene

With Joanna Zylinska, artist, curator and Professor of New Media at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Online publication

The New Human

Participants of the New Human symposium were invited to reflect on what it’s like to be human in the Anthropocene epoch. This is the result:

The New Human(s): Colossal Humble Creatures Situated on the Earth

Sverre Raffnsøe further develops the talk given by him at the symposium, outlining the contours of the epoch of the Anthropocene as well as discussing the challenges this epoch presents for the arts.

The Archival Body: Re-enactments, affective doubling and surrogacy

Susan Kozel explores the relationships between the body, memory practices, and materiality.

Metal Memos

Martin Farran-Lee contributes with this six-image series about a world that is getting progressively harder to understand.

Can the driverless car be ethically programmed?

Niclas N. Hundahl argues that engineers need to team up with  philosophers and cultural scholars to program the algorithms.

Corpus Delicti: A Poetic Provocation of the Posthuman

Viktoria Kalonaityte: “I am no one’s future. Certainly not yours.”

Medea Talks | December 7

Exploring the Active and Interventionist Humanities

With Patrik Svensson, visiting Professor of Digital Humanities at UCLA, and former Director of HUMlab at Umeå University.

Video is now online | Medea Talks

Framing Wonder: A Mission for Design

With Ann Light, Professor of Design and Creative Technology

Video is now online! | Medea Talks

Is There Any Point To Political Art in the 21st Century?

With Harry Giles, Writer and Poet

Researcher network:

Collaborative Future Making

“If we don’t want the political visions to be dominated by populist dreams or outdated economical-political models, we need to articulate and debate alternative futures. This is what the Collaborative Future Making network sets out to do, through co-design and participatory processes.”

Video is now online! | Medea Talks

Where is “the Human” in Digital Health Technology?

With Kirsten Ostherr, Medical Futures Lab

Video is now online!

What will we mean by privacy in the future?

With Marju Lauristin, on “EU Data Protection Policy in the Digital Environment”

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A discussion on apolitical technology,
and if computers can make ethical decisions

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Bats of the Republic:
The Making of an Illuminated Novel

With author, book designer and professor Zach Dodson

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Drifting by Intention:
Design Research from the Inside

With Peter Gall Krogh
Professor of Design
Aarhus University

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Gwenola Wagon &
Stéphane Degoutin

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With Mary Brydon-Miller, director of the
Action Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, USA

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Ezio Manzini


Marginal notes on innovation, design, and democracy

Collaborative Media

Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions